Postgraduate students receive research instructions from their main subjects, the lectures for which are conducted by multiple professors (shared lectures), and special research in their major fields. They also take more than 2 main subjects in other fields, and the subjects of other research departments as minor or related subjects. Thus, they can develop the ability to find and solve problems from comprehensive aspects by obtaining findings from various special fields.
Students can also develop practical research ability by experiencing first-line research in projects conducted by the Kitasato Institute for Life Sciences.
Lectures on Basic Technologies
All admitted students are divided into 4 or 5 groups to attend a 7-day special seminar on microorganisms, molecular organisms, biofunctional molecules, cellular organisms, experimental animals, active substances, and ways to use computers.
In addition, explanatory meetings regarding computer networks and using the library, as well as seminars on safety measures (e.g., the handling of chemical substances and microorganisms) are provided for all admitted students majoring in any of the 2 courses (the Infection Control and Immunology Course, and Drug Discovery Science Course).
Special Lectures on Infection Control Sciences
Professors for all the main subjects provide lectures regarding the latest findings with the themes “Development and Search of Drugs Such as Anti-Infective Agents, and Their Clinical Use” and “History of Infectious Diseases and Future Challenges” in an omnibus format. These lectures are mandatory regardless of the majoring course.
Special Lectures ( special speeches, symposiums, and seminars )
The Kitasato Institute for Life Sciences, Graduate School of Infection Control Sciences, or Kitasato University actively hold special lectures (e.g., symposiums, seminars, and various speeches) presented by first-line researchers within and outside Japan. Through these lectures (including debates), participants obtain the latest scientific information and learn international ideas and values.
Midway presentations regarding special research are provided in mid-June of the 2nd year.
Questionnaires on Lectures
Since 2003, we have conducted questionnaires aimed at improving classes, which are provided by full-time and part-time teachers of the graduate school.
Through these questionnaires, postgraduate students express their opinions, give feedback, and describe issues, which will hopefully be improved, about whether lectures are easy to understand, as well as the details of presentations and distributed materials.
The results of the questionnaire affect the evaluation of limited-term teachers, and aid in improving teachers’ abilities and lectures.